Vox Day and his Red Pill Cult camp-followers are at it again. Since about Easter or so, they've joined hands with the Radical Left in denouncing the concept of our 'Judeo-Christian Heritage': attacking Conservatives who think otherwise as Churchians and Cuckservatives. Presumably, this includes President Trump, who's referenced it many times.
Both the Red Pills and the Radical Left fumble by confounding the differences between Jewish and Christian religious beliefs with the fact that both cultures share similar social beliefs. In the Red Pills' case, this mythology is augmented by deeply rooted Anti-Semitism. Vox makes it a particular point to attack Jewish Conservatives like Ben Shapiro and Dennis Praeger. These pundits are simply literary proxies for Vox to attack Jews in general.
Thus Vox says:
This is Gnosticism, not Christianity. And note how, with a rhetorical sleight-of-hand, Vox slips in the old libel of Jewish leaders having interactions with the Devil. Here again, he brings in another old mythology:
In this case, the libel that Jews are behind anti-Christian activities. It's very typical of cults like the Red Pills to sow social division like this. Not only do groups like the Jews serve as scapegoats for the Red Pills' social failures; marginalizing such groups further isolate the cults from the mainstream. Cults build cohesion by duping their followers into believing that the world is ruled by spiritual evil; thus blunting any appeal to Faith and Reason that come from outside the cults' echo-chambers.
And such tactics seem to be having the desired effect. It wasn't long before a Red Pill whacko from Washington State ended up in jail last week after sending death threats both to Ben Shapiro and to President Trump's Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner. And did Vox have to say about that?
But the Red Pills never advocate violence, right?
The Anglosphere has had a strong affinity with Christianity's Jewish roots ever since the Protestant Reformation. In America, the Pilgrims were inspired by the stories of the Exodus and often turned to the Mosaic Law in drafting civil laws for their own new Promised Land. In Britain itself, such tendencies asserted themselves about a century later following aggressive Methodist, Baptist, and Quaker evangelism. A Judeo-Christian social heritage has been implied in Anglo-American culture and policy since the early 17th Century.
In modern times, the earliest contemporary reference we could find to the term occurred in 1939 in a review written by British author George Orwell. It caught hold in public sentiment, apparently to distinguish Christianity from the anti-Semitic ersatz 'Christianity' promoted by the Nazis and Fascist regimes in Europe. In America, The National Conference of Christians and Jews was founded in 1938. The earliest American reference to Judeo-Christian Tradition' that we could uncover was in 1944: in a dissertation published by the President of Howard University, Dr. William Nelson.
In a 1952 speech, President Eisenhower declared: “our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don’t care what it is. With us, of course, it is the Judeo-Christian concept.”
But Vox doesn't believe Ike any more than he believes Trump:
To which we would respond: those appeals to the teachings of false 'alt-history' revisionisms rather than historical truth are the certain signs of the cult. It's better to be on the side of history than pretending that history doesn't exist.